The Shady Side Of Blooms

by Gabe Fink

If you’re like most Iowans, there’s a good chance you’re seeing your yard in a new light after last year’s devastating derecho tore through Cedar Rapids. A year later, we’re feeling even more of the consequences as Iowans are all set to be more wind-whipped and sun kissed this summer due to the large absence of many of our shade-giving friends. Today, I’m here to give you a list of my favorite fast growing shade trees to fill that empty void in your heart (and yard), and to get you the most bang for your buck.

When it comes to shade trees, the name of the game is large. Take for example the Bald Cypress, which reaches a mature height of 60 to 80 feet with a spread of around 25 feet. While not the fastest grower, it more than compensates with a large presence and hardy nature. Additionally, it provides an excellent source of wood for an ark in the event of another Biblically proportioned flood Cedar Rapids seems prone to.

Perhaps the Bald Cypress might dominate your yard a little too much. A native alternative to consider is the Kentucky Espresso Coffee Tree. With a mature height of 50 feet and a spread of 35 feet, this seedless powerhouse has good tolerance of heat, cold, and drought. And with a growth rate of around a foot or more per year, you’re sure to see results you’ll love. It is worth noting that this tree does not produce coffee beans.

Finally, if you’re hankering for some shade with a touch of color, the Marmo Maple is an excellent option. Standing at a respectable 55 feet tall with a 40-foot spread, this bronze bombshell starts the spring with a tinge of red before leveling out for the summer with a crisp, green leaf. As the color changes with the seasons, the Marmo Maple is sure to be a crowd pleaser as it is seedless and grows at a rapid pace.

When it comes to shade solutions, the opportunities are nearly endless. We would love to work to find the perfect solution for you. Be sure to stop in or give us a ring to hear more about Bloom’s extensive selection of shade trees!

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